Volume 20, No. 1
Fostering Arts-Rich Schools
Advocates have long fought for equity in arts learning, making the case for arts as core and not “special” curriculum. These cries were heard when the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) gave states the opportunity to expand student access to quality instruction in the visual and performing arts. This issue of the State Education Standard gives state policymakers good reasons to pay attention to the depth and breadth of instruction their schools offer in music, drama, theater, dance, and media arts—all key components of students’ well-rounded education.
The Art of Early Childhood EducationBy Eleanor D. Brown
Arts integration shows promise for school readiness, emotion regulation, and stress reduction in the youngest, most vulnerable students.
How Arts Education Supports Social-Emotional Development: A Theory of ActionBy Camille Farrington and Steve Shewfelt
Instructional practices rooted in action and reflection could transform how all disciplines build students' competencies.
Advancing Arts Education in ArizonaBy Catherine "Rusty" Foley
Arizona leverages partnerships, ESSA funding, and a diploma seal to bolster equitable access to arts learning.
Arts in Turnaround StrategiesBy Valerie Norville
A+ Schools and Turnaround Arts schools commit to a model of school improvement.
Using Arts Data to Match Community Organizations to School NeedsBy Valerie Norville
Six communities follow Chicago's lead in developing arts education census data and maps.
Using ESSA to Leverage Arts Education PolicyBy Lynn Tuttle
Several states are using ESSA to increase access and quality in arts instruction.
The ESSA Arts Indicator in Illinois: A Study in the Art of PolicymakingBy Jonathan VanderBrug
Arts educators bring creativity and process expertise to their work on statewide accountability.
The Role of Arts Integration and Education in Improving Student OutcomesBy Andrea Boyle, Jim Lindsay, Meredith Ludwig and Yinmei Wan
If research is to inform state policy, important gaps in research should be filled.
Expanding Access to High-Quality Arts InstructionBy Mary Dell'Erba
Advancing research and innovative policies can move states toward universal access to a quality arts education.